What To Serve With Thai Curry: 12 Delish Side Dishes

September 10, 2021
what to serve with thai curry

Planning a meal for friends and family, and need some inspiration for what to serve with Thai curry?

Look no further! 

Whether you’re cooking your Thai curry with chicken, beef, seafood, tofu, or a selection of your favourite vegetables, I’ve compiled a list of the twelve best side dishes, garnishes, and accompaniments that will get rave reviews from everyone gathered around your dinner table. 

These are the perfect pairings for a fiery Thai red curry, a fragrant Thai green curry, or even the mild, aromatic, and slightly sweet Thai yellow curry. 

Let’s get stuck in… 

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1. Rice 

Rice is almost definitely the most popular choice for what to serve with Thai curry, and there’s a very good reason for that! It has a plain, neutral flavour that will allow the complexity of a Thai curry sauce really shine through, and it’s perfect for soaking up the sauce. 

You can simply boil some white rice according to packet instructions, and you’re good to go.

If you want to get a little more imaginative though, there are lots of different options, including: 


2. Fresh herbs, chopped nuts, and lime wedges 

Thai curry lends itself so well to being dressed with various different garnishes, and it’s really fun to let your family and friends help themselves to whatever they want from a garnishing station in the middle of the table. 

Add fresh herbs like Thai Basil and coriander, as well as chopped chillis, lime wedges, and chopped salty nuts like cashews or peanuts. 

This is such a little touch that takes hardly any effort at all, but can really impress your guests and ensure that your curry recipe is remembered for all the right reasons. 

garnishes for thai curry

3. Chopped Thai salad with sesame garlic dressing 

A colourful, crunchy Thai inspired salad with lots of bold flavours can be wonderful to serve with a Thai curry. 

This chopped Thai salad with sesame garlic dressing is one of my favourite side dishes. It includes kale, carrots, coriander, and edamame beans, and a delicious dressing made with garlic, soy sauce, honey, and lime. 

It always reminds me of the kind of food that you’re served with on an exotic beach, and it’s definitely something a little bit special for your table. 

thai salad

4. Homemade two-ingredient flatbreads

It’s always a good idea to have some kind of bread to mop up that delicious curry sauce. 

I like to go for a lighter version by using an easy peasy two ingredient recipe.

Simply mix together equal quantities of natural yoghurt and plain flour, to make a sticky dough. Using plenty of flour, roll into thin flatbreads. Get a large pan screaming hot on the hob, and cook your flatbreads for about a minute on each side, or until they’re browned and starting to puff up. You can roll them a little thicker if you prefer something that resembles a naan. 

I typically use 300g of yoghurt and 300g of flour, and it makes around 6 large, thin flatbreads. 

flatbreads for thai curry

5. Steamed dumplings

Steamed dumplings are healthier than their deep fried counterparts, and there’s endless filling combinations that you can try out. 

Veggies, prawns, pork, and chicken all work really well, or if you’ve got some extra time on your hands, you can make a pick and mix selection for everyone to choose from! 

steamed dumplings

6. Thai crispy rice noodles

If you’ve visited a fancy Asian restaurant, you’ve no doubt come across those little piles of crispy noodles that are often used as a garnish for curry style dishes. Though they may seem like a really premium ingredient, they’re actually simple to make at home! 

Need a little guidance on how to prepare them? This guide to cooking crispy Thai noodles is easy to follow and requires just a couple of ingredients. 

thai rice noodles

7. Pickled cucumber salad with red chilli 

When it comes to Asian inspired salads, you can’t beat a simple pickled cucumber dish with some fresh red chilli. 

Just slice your cucumber into thin ribbons (a potato peeler is a great tool to do this), and leave to pickle in a light vinegar for at least an hour. Serve with chopped red chilli and a sprinkling of sesame seeds. 

cucumber salad

8. Spring rolls

Spring rolls can be a starter or a side dish, and are a great choice for what to serve with Thai curry. 

I like to pack mine with Chinese carrot, cabbage, and noodles, though you can add minced pork, chicken, or shrimp if you prefer a meatier bite. Serve on a bed of shredded lettuce. 

spring rolls

9. Lettuce wraps

Lettuce wraps are a fabulous side dish for Thai curry if you want something a little bit lighter, or you’re trying to cut down on carbs. They work particularly well if you’re planning a banquet style meal, and will add some lovely colour and vibrancy to your table. 

They’re really easy to prepare, and it’s just a case of taking a large leaf, like iceberg or baby gem, and stuffing with a filling of your choice. 

Some options include chopped Asian salad, and minced pork or chicken with spices and chilli. 

Add chopped peanuts and a drizzle of honey for garnish. 

lettuce wraps

10. Thai papaya salad

Papaya salad is also often known as tam som or tam maak hoong, and it’s typically made with shredded unripened papaya and a selection of chopped vegetables. It usually has a sour flavour, making it a tasty side dish when you want to bring some variety to the meal. 

papaya salad

11. Fried crunchy peanuts

You’ll often find fried crunchy peanuts served as an appetiser in Thai restaurants, served alongside drinks or sophisticated teas. 

They’re a fabulous choice to serve before your curry as a nibble, or as a garnish for your main course. 

Rinse peanuts in cold water, and leave to dry for around half an hour. Next, add to a wok with just enough oil to cover them, and fry for around 8 minutes or until beautifully golden brown. 

These are oh so moreish, so make sure that you prepare plenty for your guests! 

fried peanuts

12. Thai fishcakes

Thai fishcakes are another tasty appetiser for your Thai curry. 

The secret here is to ensure you get a lot of air into your mixture, so the result is deliciously light. 

If you prefer not to deep fry your food, you’ll be pleased to hear that isn’t necessary here! You’ll use just a small amount of groundnut oil to shallow fry your fish cakes, meaning less mess and tricky preparation to deal with. 

thai fishcakes

What’s your go-to choice for what to serve with Thai curry? 

As you can see, there’s no shortage of options for what to serve with Thai curry. Whether you’re looking for a side dish that can be prepared in a matter of minutes, or you’re happy to spend a little more time in the kitchen, these choices will ensure that the whole family can find something they love at your next Thai inspired feast. 

If you haven’t already, check out my Thai green curry recipe. It involves making your own fragrant paste, but there are a couple of time saving hacks that make the process as straightforward as possible! 

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the best sides for thai curry

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